MAKE AND BREAK

RE­TURN­ING TO THE MIS­SION: IM­POS­SI­BLE FRAN­CHISE WAS A DREAM COME TRUE FOR RE­BECCA FER­GU­SON – NOT EVEN A BUSTED FOOT AND SUR­PRISE PREG­NANCY COULD SPOIL IT

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It’s easy to see how even an ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tor could be in­tim­i­dated by Tom Cruise. De­spite many jokes about his stature over the years, Cruise is a ti­tan of the film in­dus­try and in his lat­est block­buster, Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble – Fallout, he does all of his own stunts, in­clud­ing pur­pose­fully putting a he­li­copter into a nose­dive.

But for Swedish ac­tor Re­becca Fer­gu­son, he’s her on-set buddy who hap­pens to come with a few perks.

“He’s a guy who just loves what he does and peo­ple love what he can give them. You get such sup­port when you are part of his team,” she says.

“Mis­sion is his, he’s pro­duc­ing it. He’s the first on set and the last one off set. But then he’s just a friend. He’s some­one you can go up to if you have is­sues.

“For some peo­ple it can be quite in­tim­i­dat­ing but be­cause he’s such a nice guy I can go up to him and go ‘I don’t get this’ and he’ll ex­plain ev­ery­thing. Or he’ll go, ‘Do you want to do this?’ and I’ll say, ‘F--- off Tom, I’m tired’. No I didn’t say that but I could.”

Fer­gu­son re­turns with her wicked sense of hu­mour to the Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble fran­chise as Isla Faust, a for­mer MI6 agent who works with The Syn­di­cate and is an ally to Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team.

“I was so excited about the char­ac­ter that Isla is and how bloody fierce and cool she is,” she says.

“It was never a guar­an­tee for her to come back. It’s all down to how peo­ple like the char­ac­ters.

“When I found out (I was re­turn­ing in Fallout) it was such a bliss­ful hap­pi­ness. She’s one of my favourite char­ac­ters I’ve ever done. I love her. She’s not only an equal to the men but I love the mys­tique that comes around her. That con­tin­ues in the Fallout film as well. You don’t re­ally know where you stand with her. You don’t re­ally know if you can trust her. There’s al­ways that ques­tion of what is her pur­pose re­ally?”

She de­scribes their char­ac­ters as hav­ing a mag­netic con­nec­tion, rather than a ro­man­tic one. If Isla was just another Bond girl to be con­quered in the bed­room, then Fer­gu­son wouldn’t be play­ing her.

“One of the most beau­ti­ful things with th­ese two char­ac­ters is it’s not a love re­la­tion­ship. It’s got noth­ing to do with sex­u­al­ity,” she says.

“It’s so much big­ger than just be­ing in­ter­ested in each other – that’s teenage stu­pid­ity. Th­ese are two peo­ple who are bloody bril­liant at what they do and are some­how magnets for each other – he goes left and she goes right. There’s a trust in that and what is lovely and what you can play with is when you take th­ese two magnets and sep­a­rate them and still feel the ten­sion in be­tween.”

Cruise made head­lines around the world when he broke his an­kle while per­form­ing a stunt for the film in Lon­don. Dur­ing the two-month break, Fer­gu­son fell preg­nant with her sec­ond child.

“There’s work and life – Tom breaks a foot and I make a baby,” she laughs.

“It was a bloody nui­sance (be­ing preg­nant while film­ing) but at the same time, when do you stop?

“They were such gen­tle­men and ev­ery­one around me was equally as happy as I was for the news. I was frus­trated be­cause I couldn’t do all the stunts I wanted to – I was grow­ing some­thing equally as fast as he (Cruise) was healing – but I had the most in­cred­i­ble stunt team around me.”

The big­gest film in the fran­chise yet, Fallout fea­tures jaw-drop­ping ac­tion se­quences as Ethan and his team travel the globe af­ter a mis­sion gone wrong.

“When the script came my way and we started talk­ing about it, there were so many lo­ca­tions. It was like, oh my God, we’re shoot­ing in Paris, New Zealand, Nor­way and the UAE,” Fer­gu­son says.

“That’s one of the high­lights of th­ese films. “Tom and some other peo­ple got to take he­li­copters to some of the lo­ca­tions. My char­ac­ter didn’t need to get to some of the lo­ca­tions and that re­ally pissed me off. I said, ‘Tom, I’m very dis­ap­pointed I haven’t got in a he­li­copter’. Then one day there was one wait­ing for Si­mon Pegg and my­self and we trav­elled to and from work in a he­li­copter.

“I knew I would get it – I just know how to work my buddy.”

Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble – Fallout opens in cin­e­mas on Thurs­day.

“TH­ESE ARE TWO PEO­PLE WHO ARE BLOODY BRIL­LIANT AT WHAT THEY DO AND ARE SOME­HOW MAGNETS FOR EACH OTHER – HE GOES LEFT AND SHE GOES RIGHT.” .......................

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